Linked by ddc_ on Thu 2nd Feb 2012 23:22 UTC
Slackware, Slax There are different reasons people use Unix-like operating systems, including configurable, availability free of charge, powerful command line interface an many more. Some people are motivated by the moral issue: they reject non-free software. Specifically for such users Free Software Foundation developed Guidelines for Free System Distributions and created the list of absolutely free ("as in freedom") distributions. In this article we are going to look at the most recent entry on the list - Parabola GNU/Linux.
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Experience using a free software OS
by drcouzelis on Fri 3rd Feb 2012 15:09 UTC
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2010-01-11

I used an operating system that contained only free software (gNewSense) for most of a year. It was a great experience.

The biggest lesson I learned was in regards to the state of free software: I can choose to use an entire operating system and a huge selection of applications made entirely of software that respects my freedom (as defined by the FSF). That alone amazed me.

My biggest disappointment was to learn that there are no video cards for desktop computers that support hardware accelerated graphics using only free software. But, I don't do any gaming on my computer that would require that, so it wasn't really an issue.

In regards to the final question:

If my hardware would allow, I would probably stick with Parabola. How about you?

This question sounds a little funny, as if it's coming from the wrong angle. Free software (as opposed to open source software) is not about convenience, or choosing to use it because "my hardware would allow" it.

Instead, free software is about deciding that software freedom is more important than convenience, or even more important than using the best technical solution. Nobody would stick with a FSF endorsed operating system (including yourself), UNLESS free software was important to them. Since this article seems to be more about the technical aspects of Parabola GNU/Linux (which is not a complaint!) and less about free software, this question seems a bit out of place.

Epilogue: I eventually decided that using an operating system that was easier to maintain and had more current software packages was more important to me than software freedom. I've now been using Arch Linux for two years. Free software is still important to me, and I greatly value the lessons I learned while using a free software operating system.

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